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80 g wild rocket
½ a clove of garlic
50 g shelled unsalted pistachios
olive oil
25 g Parmesan cheese , plus extra to serve
1 lemon
320 g asparagus
300 g dried linguine


1. Pick 70g of wild rocket into a pestle and mortar, then bash to a paste with a pinch of sea salt.

2. Peel and bash in ½ a clove of garlic, then pound in 50g of unshelled pistachios until fine. Muddle in 4 tablespoons of olive oil, finely grate in 25g of Parmesan, then squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon. Season to perfection with salt and black pepper, then taste and tweak the pesto to your liking.

3. Cook 300g of dried linguine in a pan of boiling water according to the packet instructions, then drain, reserving a mugful of starchy cooking water.

4. Meanwhile, snap off the woody ends from 320g of asparagus.

Toss the pasta with the pesto, then using a speed-peeler, peel lengths of the asparagus into the pan, loosening with a splash of reserved cooking water, if needed.

5. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and finish with the remaining 10g of rocket and a fine grating of Parmesan. Delicious served with a crunchy salad.

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